Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

California High School Proficiency Examination - CalEdFacts

This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) is a program established by California Education Code Section 48412. The CHSPE provides an opportunity for eligible persons to demonstrate their proficiency in the basic requirements and earn the legal equivalent of a California high school diploma.

The CHSPE is given two times each year at approximately 75 sites throughout the state. Registrants must pay a $110 registration fee. Current enrollment in high school is not a requirement; however, at the time the test is taken, the registrant must be either: (1) sixteen years of age; or (2) have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten; or (3) will have completed one year of enrollment in grade ten at the end of the semester during which the next exam is administered. There is no upper age limit to take the test.

The State Board of Education awards each person who passes the CHSPE, a Certificate of Proficiency, which is equivalent by law to a California high school diploma. In other words, institutions that are subject to California law and require a high school diploma for any purpose must also accept the Certificate of Proficiency as satisfying that requirement. However, the Certificate of Proficiency is not equivalent to completing all course work required for graduation from high school.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) administers the CHSPE program under contract with the California Department of Education. For general information, including registration information, call the SCOE by phone at 866-342-4773 or visit the CHSPE Web site External link opens in new window or tab. . For information regarding CHSPE law, regulations, or policies, contact the CELDT/CHSPE/GED and Title III Office by phone at 916-445-9438 or by e-mail at chspe@cde.ca.gov. Additional information is available on the CDE CHSPE Web page.

Questions:   California High School Proficiency Examination | chspe@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9449
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Share this Page

Recently Posted in Testing

  • CAASPP Update, Issue 151 (added 28-Apr-2016)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress e-mail update, April 27, 2016.
  • CA Assessment System Expansion Recommendations (PDF) (added 28-Apr-2016)
    Four recommendations to expand California’s Comprehensive Assessment System.
  • Digital Library State Network of Educators (updated 15-Apr-2016)
    Information on the State Network of Educators (SNE), a team of educators which evaluates resources for inclusion in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's Digital Library of formative assessment tools and practices.
  • Meet an SNE Member (updated 15-Apr-2016)
    As a new attribute, CDE will be introducing one of California’s outstanding members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) each month.
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 149 (added 14-Apr-2016)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 13, 2016.

  • Summative Assessments Message Shifts (added 14-Apr-2016)
    Messaging Shifts for the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments What Parents Want to Know.
  • Formative Assessment in Action Video Series (updated 12-Apr-2016)
    The Formative Assessment in Action Video Series (hyperlink to YouTube channel) features California members of the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE) demonstrating formative assessment techniques in their classrooms.
  • 2016-17 and 2017-18 CELDT Information Guide (PDF) (added 11-Apr-2016)
    2016–17 and 2017–18 California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Information Guide
  • CAASPP Update, Issue 148 (added 11-Apr-2016)
    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) e-mail update, April 6, 2016.
  • Assessment Apportionments (updated 05-Apr-2016)
    Information regarding apportionment to reimburse local educational agencies (LEAs) for specified annual assessment testing.